Review: The Summer of You – Kate Noble

Series: The Blue Raven #2
Genre: Historical romance
Pages: 352
Published: 2010
Publisher: Berkley
Source: My own
Lady Jane Cummings is certain that her summer is ruined when she is forced to reside at isolated Merrymere Lake with her reckless brother and ailing father. Her fast-paced London society is replaced with a small town grapevine. But one bit of gossip catches Jane’s attention- rumors that the lake’s brooding new resident is also an elusive highwayman. 

Jane must face the much discussed mysterioso after he saves her brother from a pub brawl. She immediately recognizes him from London: Byrne Worth, war hero and apparent hermit-whom she finds strangely charming. The two build a fast friendship, and soon nothing can keep this Lady away from Merrymere’s most wanted. Convinced of his innocence, Jane is determined to clear Byrne’s name-and maybe have a little fun this summer after all. 
My thoughts:
I did not like it as good as book 1, or book 3 for that matter, but it was still a very good book. And I truly loved the hero. I can’t put my finger on what made it slightly not as good since the couple was great, the village quaint, the plot good, and, oh it is a mystery.
To the story then. The couple met briefly in book 1, but do not worry, this one can be read wonderfully on its own, and I must also say that I like that I read book 3 before this one. Because Jason was sure a child at the beginning of this one, not yet grown up mentally to take over the estate, even if he is 24. Anyway, it is not his story, it is Jane’s. Jane who I did not like that much in book 1, and now suddenly, yes I liked her. She has a lot to think about, with her father being ill, and her mourning her mother, and she has also grown up. I also liked that she has a streak of rebellion in her. Cos I sure would not want to find a highwayman and put him behind bars.
The hero, oh, yes I loved him. Byrne is broken, and I do like a broken hero. He is the village hermit who scowls at everyone. He does not want company, he does not want pity and he is in pain after the war. To see him smile as she brought out the best in him was the best in this novel.
And then we have the whole village who does not like Byrne. A young Miss who thinks she is in love with Jason, Jason who just want to have fun (and not meet the village ladies), and a nice look at the daily life of them all. Together it brings out the best in everyone, and the worst.

The sweetness, it is the sweetness that I like about these, and the fact that they wait and not jump each other at once. 
Cute, but a want a face and the colors are a bit…

25 thoughts on “Review: The Summer of You – Kate Noble

  1. Blodeuedd says:

    MaryAll in all such a good series 😀 I think book 3 was my fav, but that might be cos I read it firstAmusedSad indeed :/ Still it was really good, just not as good

  2. Carole Rae says:

    Awwww, I love me a broken hero. It just makes the story so much better, because he needs all the lovin' he can get. SOunds like a cute book series. ^.^ BTW, I'm not a fan of the cover either. lol.

  3. Jenny Q says:

    I so wanted to love this one too, because I loved both of the characters! I felt like subplots and all those rowdy kids were stealing their thunder. Good review!

  4. Jenny says:

    I love a broken hero too, the more damaged and tortured, the better! I like that the romance isn't an instantly-in-bed type as well, it's nice to have a tension filled build up!

  5. Blodeuedd says:

    AurianShe is really good, you should try one of her booksCaroleI think it is the color, too much goin on with the, yYES! He so need all the lovin' he can get, and I truly love heroes like that. Cos the are worth itAnaLol, I know, very non-jumpy people

  6. Blodeuedd says:

    JennyHm…I think you are right, I did not mind Victoria, but did we need those kids running amok? I do not think so.Jenny NA very sweet story :)*waves to Chris*JennyIt built up for a long time, and I so need that. I know that these days in HR they jump in bed quickly but I am not a fan. It is HR after all

  7. Cherry says:

    Comparing one book with the others in the series is inevitable. Some books just "feel" better than others to me… it just happens… sometimes I can dissect it, sometimes not 🙂

  8. Blodeuedd says:

    NaidaThough this one is not set in London, only for the forst 4 pages or so. Still it's good.DarleneThen I am sure you would enjoy this one tooStaciI know right, that is so much better, and they become friends first here.CarrieI am sure you would :DCherrySome just have that feeling that they are better, true. And it is so hard to figure out why this is sometimes. it's just something there

  9. Blodeuedd says:

    PattiYes first book first 🙂 And then book 3 😉 No, now I am being badAlexisTrue, cos if this book had been a standalone then it would have been much better than other HR books. But now I comparedFeliciaThose annoying middle children

  10. Blodeuedd says:

    WdeboNever? Oh then you are in for many treats 🙂 There are so many good ones out there, and so many different ones.Jenny GirlThe hermit, aka our heroine, is the best thing

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